Power Outages, Flooding in Lee County

Lee County recovering from Hurricane Matthew

Lee County, SC (WLTX) - Hurricane Matthew has left many people in the dark and has left government services and schools in Lee County closed for almost a week.

Strong winds knocked over trees and power lines and at one point emergency officials say 90 percent of the county had no electricity.

“The flooding last year we had some issues with the flooding but not to the extent of this hurricane," Lee County Administrator Alan Watkins explained. "It's been a very unique event”

Watkins said Hurricane Matthew definitely left his mark causing possibly millions in damage with fallen trees damaging county buildings and houses and blocking roads.  

Some roads are still flooded including Main Street in Lynchburg. Jerome Lowery lives there and has to wear rain boots to go in and out of his house. 

“It usually dries up in about a day or two, but this time the water is sitting. It's not drying up. It's not moving. Basically can't get out because we only have one car and we don't take the chance of driving the car through the water and having the car messed up,” Lowery said.

“We're just going to have to wait for it to recede, but we keep checking them daily, as soon as the water levels are down, we'll make sure the roads are passable first and then over the next two to three weeks, we'll be going around doing any more extensive repairs,” Watkins said.   

Watkins says public works crews are working as fast as they can to help. He says most of the almost 50 closed roads have opened back up.

“It's really hard right now on us and I don't know what we going to do because of all the food and stuff we lost, and we don't know what damage is done to the house until the power come back on,” Lowery said.

Lowery says his brother has had to bring him food and ice. He’s hoping things will get fixed quick.

Lee County Schools have been closed since last Wednesday and will be closed again tomorrow.

Watkins says he is hoping county buildings and services will resume Wednesday.

And also beginning tomorrow, Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. three locations have opened up for limbs and yard debris.

These locations will have red flags to designate drop areas and all limbs are to be placed within the flagged zone at the following places:

  • Ashwood Gym- 160 Ashwood School Rd.- Across the road in front of the Ashwood Gym
  • Lynchburg Park- 184 Clavon St., Lynchburg, SC- Drop zone is adjacent to the Baseball Fence
  • Manned Convenience Site- Adjacent to the Lee County Airport- 116 Airport Road, Bishopville


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